Bonus photographs of Mackay territories in the Highlands & Holland

The graveyard at Balnakeil

The graveyard at Balnakeil

In this graveyard, which is next to one of the old Mackay houses Balnakeil, is buried Rob Donn Mackay, the famous Gaelic bard of the clan

Castle Varrich

Castle Varrich

Castle Varrich sits on a mound above the Kyle of Tongue. Its views from the top are unparalleled. Presumably this commanding position was helpful for spotting incoming attackers.

St Andrew's Church, Tongue

St Andrew's Church, Tongue

Look carefully at this image and you will probably spot the photographer. Taken in February 2018, looking towards the North from the graveyard at St Andrew's Church

Angela Mackay and Bear

Angela Mackay and Bear

Angela Mackay is a well-known figure in the Tongue area. She was an intrepid helper in the creation of this book. So was Bear.

Ophemert in June sunshine

Ophemert in June sunshine

The Mackay crest glints in the sun above the door at Kasteel Ophemert. The castle is now rented out for conferences and bed and breakfast. A delightful place to visit.

Street sign in Ophemert Village showing the marriage between Mackays and van Haeftens

Street sign in Ophemert Village showing the marriage between Mackays and van Haeftens

When the Mackays married into the van Haeften family, the Kasteel Ophemert became part of the clan property portfolio. It is now a lovely Bed & Breakfast, run by Alexandra & Arthur van Dedem

Mackay vault at Ophemert

Mackay vault at Ophemert

Outside of the village of Ophemert, in open country, is the graveyard of the Mackays. The vault is underground, covered in ivy, charming. The 10th Lord Reay is among the five bodies buried there.

Portrait of the 13th Lord Reay at Ophemert

Portrait of the 13th Lord Reay at Ophemert

Impressive portrait of Aeneas, the 27th chief, who himself was 6 foot 8 tall. It sits in the hall at Ophemert.

Hugh Reay at Strathnaver Museum

Hugh Reay at Strathnaver Museum

The picture shows the 14th Lord Reay at the museum in Bettyhill. The man to his left is holding a Manu Forti flag

Elizabeth, as a girl, at the wheel

Elizabeth, as a girl, at the wheel

Elizabeth Fairbairn, patron of the Strathnaver Museum, as a girl in Holland. Determined, at the helm of a tractor.

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